Paradise: Before and after the town's wildfire destruction

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29 people were killed in the Camp Fire, many in the town of Paradise.

The Camp Fire is also ranked as the most destructive wildfire in California in terms of property losses, after leveling over 7,100 homes and buildings since it began last Thursday.

The death toll from the raging Camp Fire in the US state of California has increased to 42, making it the deadliest in the state's history, local authorities said Monday.

"We are entering a new normal", said Ventura County Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen, noting that California's fires in 2018 grow far more quickly than they did even 10 years ago.

Authorities picking their way through burned-out neighborhoods say a Southern California wildfire has now destroyed at least 435 buildings, majority homes.

Hundreds of people were unaccounted for by the sheriff's reckoning, four days after the fire swept over the town of 27,000 with flames so fierce that authorities brought in a mobile DNA lab and forensic anthropologists to help identify the dead. Around 150,000 California residents are under an evacuation order. Of those cases, 231 individuals had turned up safe, he said. But the death toll was all but certain to rise.

The fires have spread with an erratic intensity that has strained firefighting resources while catching many residents by surprise.

The Woolsey Fire burning in Malibu, California, on November 11.

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PG&E Corp, which operates in northern California, and Edison International, the owner of Southern California Edison Co, have reported to regulators that they experienced problems with transmission lines or substations in areas where fires were reported around the time they started.

The bodies of some of the Camp Fire victims were found in burned-out wreckage of vehicles that were overrun by walls of fire as evacuees tried to flee, only to be trapped in deadly knots of traffic gridlock on Thursday night. "There are so many communities here, trailer parks and suburban working-class houses that are completely destroyed, and people have lost everything", the "300" star said, taking a moment to compose himself and looking down at the ground.

If there's any good news here, it's that the Peak Fire, which burned 186 acres, has been 100 percent contained according to California Fire officials.

Meanwhile in Southern California, at least 435 buildings were torched by the Woolsey and Hill fires that ignited on Thursday afternoon and ripped across almost 100,000 acres in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

While the Hill Fire is 90 percent contained as of Tuesday morning, the Woolsey Fire is only 35 percent contained, and the Camp Fire 30 percent contained.

Full evacuations remained in place for the communities of Topanga and Malibu.

The late-night host explained, "The federal government manages most of the forest land in California, not the state, [Trump's] the one who cut the funding, California actually pays more money to the federal government than it gets back, and of course he does nothing about climate change, which is why these fires happen".

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